Pacific Staghorn Sculpin
(Leptocottus armatus)

HABITAT: The Pacific staghorn sculpin lives near shore in bays and estuaries, often on sandy bottoms. It may also enter the lower reaches of streams and can be found in tidepools. 

DIET: This type of fish fills up on small shrimps, crabs, and small fish.

PREDATORS: The Pacific staghorn sculpin is preyed upon by cormorants, striped bass, and sharks. It is also a favorite bait fish of bass fisherman.

FUN FACTS: The Pacific staghorn sculpin gets its name from the elaborate, defensive forked spine growing on the gill cover (operculum). 

 

Photo Courtesy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration